Law & Order (season 2)

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Law & Order (season 2)
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Season 2 U.S. DVD Cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original channel NBC
Original release September 17, 1991 (1991-09-17) – May 14, 1992 (1992-05-14)
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The second season of Law & Order aired on NBC between September 17, 1991, and May 14, 1992. This season marked the first death of a main character, as George Dzundza had departed the series after the conclusion of the first season. The death of his character Max Greevey is shown in the season premiere. Carolyn McCormick makes her first recurring appearance as Dr. Elizabeth Olivet.


Phil Cerreta (played by Paul Sorvino) replaced season 1's Max Greevey (George Dzundza) in the role of senior detective. The cast was otherwise unchanged.

Actor Character Main cast Recurring cast
Paul Sorvino Sgt. Phil Cerreta entire season N/A
Chris Noth Det. Mike Logan entire season N/A
Dann Florek Capt. Don Cragen entire season N/A
Michael Moriarty Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone entire season N/A
Richard Brooks A.D.A. Paul Robinette entire season N/A
Steven Hill D.A. Adam Schiff entire season N/A
Carolyn McCormick Elizabeth Olivet N/A episodes 1,4,8-9,12,14-15,17


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
23 1 "Confession" Fred Gerber Michael Duggan & Robert Palm September 17, 1991 67416

Logan forces a confession at gunpoint from the man suspected of murdering Max Greevey and, in the process, endangers Stone's prosecution. Logan is also introduced to his new partner, Phil Cerreta.

24 2 "The Wages of Love" Ed Sherin Teleplay by: Ed Zuckerman
Story by: Robert Nathan & Ed Zuckerman
September 24, 1991 67405

A double homicide of an older man and his younger lover casts suspicion on both the ex-wife and the former boyfriend of the murdered duo, with the murdered man's son holding the key to the mystery.

  • Guest stars: Geoffrey Nauffts and Jerry Orbach (he will become Mike Logan's new partner next season as wisecracking detective Lennie Briscoe).
25 3 "Aria" Don Scardino Teleplay by: Christine Roum
Story by: Michael S. Chernuchin
October 1, 1991 67411

A lethal drug overdose of a young actress leads the detectives to an aggressive stage mother and a pornographic movie producer.

26 4 "Asylum" Kristoffer Siegel-Tabori Teleplay by: Kathy McCormick
Story by: Robert Palm
October 8, 1991 67409
A victim's stabbing death in front of a coffee shop leads to one vagrant testifying against another. But the conviction is threatened twice based on the lack of a search warrant for a suspect's home - first an SRO hotel room and second a lean-to in the park.
27 5 "God Bless the Child" E.W. Swackhamer David Black & Robert Nathan October 22, 1991 67404

A couple, whose religious beliefs forbids medical treatment, is on trial for letting their daughter die of strep throat infection. Stone's prosecution hinges on whether either or both of the parents wanted to call for medical help. The investigation uncovers two other pertinent facts: 1. the night of the girl's death, the mother was drinking (also against the couple's religious beliefs), and 2. the couple had another child that died under similar circumstances.

28 6 "Misconception" Daniel Sackheim Teleplay by: Michael S. Chernuchin
Story by: Michael Duggan & Michael S. Chernuchin
October 29, 1991 67410

The mugging of a pregnant legal secretary leads to a charge against her employer of assault, which is upgraded to murder when the baby dies. Time span confirmation of the baby's conception and the employer-secretary affair eliminates the employer as a suspect. Suspicion shifts to the secretary and her boyfriend (a disbarred lawyer) when a wiretap reveals that the couple intended, first, to have the employer held criminally responsible for the baby's murder and, second, to sue the employer for wrongful death. Initially, the primary issue appears to be the fetus age at which a murder charge can be leveled. The primary issue proves to be two-fold; 1. whether the suspects can be held accountable for knowing both the law and its meaning, and 2. even if the suspects cannot legally be convicted of the baby's murder, whether they can be convicted of a lesser crime, i.e. attempted murder.

29 7 "In Memory Of" Ed Sherin Teleplay by: David Black & Robert Nathan
Story by: David Black & Siobhan Byrne-O'Connor
November 5, 1991 67413

The renovation of a brownstone uncovers the remains of a young boy who disappeared thirty-one years earlier during the 1960 presidential campaign. The discovery revives a wrenching and long-suppressed memory in a childhood friend and neighbor-and the suspect's daughter.

  • This episode was the basis for the Law & Order: UK episode "Buried"
30 8 "Out of Control" John Whitesell Teleplay by: Jack Richardson
Story by: David Black & Robert Nathan
November 12, 1991 67403

The detectives investigate the gang rape of a college student during a fraternity Halloween party, but when her own testimony can't be supported by the evidence, it becomes hard to prove rape.

31 9 "Renunciation" Gwen Arner Michael S. Chernuchin & Joe Morgenstern November 19, 1991 67414

When a gambler is killed, the hit-and-run investigation leads to the discovery of a schoolteacher carrying on an affair with one of her students. Cerreta and Logan suspect that she may have manipulated him into killing her husband.

  • Closely mirrors the Pamela Smart case, which took place in early 1991.
32 10 "Heaven" Ed Sherin Teleplay by: Nancy Ann Miller & Robert Palm
Story by: Robert Palm
November 26, 1991 67415

The investigation into an illegal social club fire which claimed 53 fatalities leads to a connection between arson, illegal immigrants and the sale of green cards.

  • Inspired by the fatal Happy Land fire in which 87 people were killed.
  • Guest star: Luis Guzmán.
  • This episode was the basis for the Law & Order: UK "Paradise"
33 11 "His Hour Upon the Stage" Steve Cohen Robert Nathan & Giles Blunt December 10, 1991 67407

The discovery of a frozen corpse in a dumpster leads to rival Broadway producers.

34 12 "Star Struck" Ed Sherin Teleplay by: Robert Nathan & Sally Nemeth
Story by: David Black & Alan Gelb
January 7, 1992 67406

An obsessive fan pleads temporary insanity when he is charged with attempting to murder the soap opera actress who is the center of his life.

35 13 "Severance" James Frawley Teleplay by: Michael S. Chernuchin & William N. Fordes
Story by: Michael Duggan & William N. Fordes
January 14, 1992 67418

Stone faces an old rival in court as he tries to link a hit man and three murders to a sleazy lawyer and a powerful man behind bars.

36 14 "Blood Is Thicker" Peter Levin Teleplay by: Ed Zuckerman
Story by: Robert Nathan & Ed Zuckerman
February 4, 1992 67422

An apparent mugging ends in the death of a wealthy woman but the case comes to hang on a silver pin that may have been in the victim's possession.

37 15 "Trust" Daniel Sackheim Teleplay by: René Balcer
Story by: Michael Duggan & René Balcer
February 11, 1992 67417

Stone is determined to see that a teenage boy doesn't get away with murder twice when the young man is brought to trial for the shooting death of one of his friends.

38 16 "Vengeance" Daniel Sackheim Teleplay by: Michael S. Chernuchin & René Balcer
Story by: Peter S. Greenberg & Michael S. Chernuchin
February 18, 1992 67420

The parents of a murdered woman contest Stone's prosecution of her killer so that he can be extradited to their home state, where the death penalty still exists.

39 17 "Sisters of Mercy" Fred Gerber Teleplay by: René Balcer
Story by: Robert Palm & René Balcer
March 3, 1992 67423

Cerreta and Logan investigate the accusation that a nun in charge of a shelter for teens molested a young addict.

40 18 "Cradle to Grave" James Frawley Robert Nathan & Sally Nemeth March 31, 1992 67424

The discovery of a dead baby leads to a case involving a slumlord who would not provide any heat and who defends her actions by blaming the rent laws.

  • A very early role for actress Chandra Wilson.
  • This episode served as the basis for the first episode of Law & Order: UK, "Care"
41 19 "The Fertile Fields" Ed Sherin Michael S. Chernuchin & René Balcer April 7, 1992 67425

The brutal murder of a Jewish jeweler appears to be a hate crime, but the investigation soon leads back to the man's brother and his shady business deals. During the episode, Capt. Don Cragen mentions the Crown Heights Riot, which may have partially inspired the episode.

42 20 "Intolerance" Steven Robman Robert Nathan & Sally Nemeth April 14, 1992 67426

When a Chinese-American honors student is killed, the investigation uncovers a racist mother whose son was competing with the victim for the same scholarship.

43 21 "Silence" Ed Sherin Teleplay by: René Balcer & Michael S. Chernuchin
Story by: René Balcer & Michael Duggan
April 28, 1992 67427
A politician opposes the prosecution of his son's murderer because it might mean revealing that his late son was gay.
44 22 "The Working Stiff" Daniel Sackheim Teleplay by: Robert Palm
Story by: William N. Fordes & Robert Palm
May 12, 1992 67428

The murder of a Wall Street legend begins a case involving an ailing union worker, a former governor and old friend of Schiff's.


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Preceded by
Season One
List of Law & Order seasons
Succeeded by
Season Three